Council on Foreign Relations Education Bulletin
Resources for the Academic Community

August 2014

CFR Interactives

The August issue of the Education Bulletin focuses on CFR Interactives. With videos, timelines, text, graphics, and clickable maps, CFR Interactives are premium resources that bring issues to life and encourage active learning.



InfoGuides and Crisis Guides include narrative text, timelines, infographics, and videos that promote in-depth understanding of complex foreign policy issues. Students can work through these at their own pace. Teaching notes and other educational resources are available to professors. Explore InfoGuides and Crisis Guides »

NEW: The Sunni-Shia Divide

Sectarian conflict is becoming entrenched in some Muslim countries and is threatening to fracture Iraq and Syria. This InfoGuide explains the roots of Sunni-Shia tensions and how they could reshape the Middle East. Explore the InfoGuide »

The Emerging Arctic

The northern reaches of the planet are melting at a pace few nations can afford to ignore, yielding potentially lucrative returns in energy, minerals, and shipping. But debate is mounting over whether the Arctic can be developed sustainably and peaceably. Explore the InfoGuide »


These downloadable timelines are punctuated with photos and captions on regions and topics important to the study of foreign policy and international relations. Professors can assign the timelines to provide background and context to their students. Explore Timelines »

Timeline: U.S.-India Relations

Despite nuclear concerns that challenged the rapport during and after the Cold War, U.S.-India relations have remained generally cooperative. Explore the Timeline »

Timeline: U.S.-Cuba Relations

Following Fidel Castro's ascent to power, U.S.-Cuba ties have endured a nuclear crisis, a long-lasting U.S. economic embargo, and ongoing political hostilities. Well beyond the end of the Cold War, the diplomatic relationship between Washington and Havana remains frozen. Explore the Timeline »


The Global Governance Monitor (GGM) maps and evaluates multilateral efforts to address today's global challenges. The guide currently tracks nine topics including Armed Conflict, Climate Change, Crime, Global Finance, Human Rights, Nuclear Proliferation, Oceans, Public Health, and Terrorism. Explore the GGM »


The Center for Preventive Action's Global Conflict Tracker (GCT) is an interactive guide to U.S. conflict prevention priorities in 2014. It assesses ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood to occur in 2014 and their potential impact on U.S. interests. Explore the GCT »


This interactive map, produced by the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, tracks occurrences of diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. Explore the Map »


The staff of Foreign Affairs interview authors, experts, and political figures. Videos are open access via YouTube and are also featured on the Foreign Affairs website. Watch the Videos ยป

Foreign Affairs Focus: Alexander Motyl on the Ukraine Crisis
Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs, sits down with Alexander Motyl, professor of political science at Rutgers, to discuss the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

Foreign Affairs Focus on Books: Thomas Piketty on Economic Inequality
Justin Vogt, deputy managing editor of Foreign Affairs, talks with Thomas Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics and the author of Capital in the Twenty-first Century.

Call for Applications for the 2015–2016 Fellowship Programs

The Council on Foreign Relations is seeking applicants for the 2015–2016 Fellowship Programs: the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF), the IAF in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., the IAF in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, and the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship. Program details, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found online at



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